Welcome to St Germans Group Parish


to those who are single, married, divorced, widowed, gay, confused, filthy rich, comfortable or dirt poor.

We extend a special welcome to wailing babies and excited toddlers.

We welcome you whether you can sing like Pavarotti or just growl quietly to yourself. You’re welcome here if you’re just browsing, just woken up or just got out of prison. We don’t care if you are more Christian than the Archbishop of Canterbury, or haven’t been to church since Christmas ten years ago.

We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast. We welcome keep-fit mums, football dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, junk-food eaters. We welcome those in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you are having problems, are down in the dumps or don’t like ‘organised religion’. (We’re not too keen on it either!)

We offer a welcome to those who think that the earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work, can’t spell, or are here because granny is visiting and wanted to come to church.

We welcome those who are inked, pierced, both or neither. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down their throats as kids or got lost on the coastal path and wound up here by mistake. We welcome pilgrims, tourists, seekers, doubters ….. and you!                


Latest News

November Newsletter 

 St Germans Group Parish PCC as from 3rd April 2016:

Permanent members of the PCC The Vicar
Secretary -
Margaret Sylvester-Thorne
Treasurer - Fiona Liddicoat
Parish Wardens: Brenda Crago and David Watters
Church Stewards: Downderry: Steve Liddicoat
Hessenford: Fiona Bristow
Tideford: Brenda Crago
St Germans: Richard Laugharne
PCC members: Downderry: Sue Booth; Andrew Pidgen and Cashiers:Tim Pullin and Sue Pidgen
Hessenford: Yvonne Byles, Jenny Daniels, Fran Moore, 
Cashier:  Fiona Bristow
St Germans: Chris Bowditch, June Greaves, Paul Gribble
Cashier: Peter Daw
Tideford:  post vacant
Cashier: Ron Bradley
Deanery Synod Reps: Rosemary Stevenson, Brenda Crago, Margaret Sylvester-Thorne

Next meeting of the PCC - Sunday 2nd October following the 9.30am Parish Family Service at St Nicolas Church, Downderry

Home Group on Monday morning at 10.30am, 7th and 21st November  (see Newsletter for venues)       All are welcome

Messy Church in St Germans

- in partnership with the Methodist Church

The next  meeting of Messy Church will be on the third Saturday,  19th November at 3pm in St Germans Priory

All children and their accompanying adults  are very welcome - and help on the day from our parishioners very welcome too!

Messy Church...

  • is a way of being church for families involving fun
  • is a church, not a craft club, that helps people encounter Jesus as Lord and Saviour
  • is found across the world
  • values are about being Christ-centred, for all ages, based on creativity, hospitality and celebration

Please contact Evelyn Reed (01503 230449) for more information,  and also if you are able to help.............

Parish Praise

our next monthly services of informal worship for all the family

 11th December at 11am at  St Germans Priory   (2nd Sunday in November is Remembrance Sunday          


Cafe Church in Downderry

Come and join us for breakfast with worship and a chat on the fourth Sunday, the 27th November Advent Sunday at 9.30am at St Nicolas Church, Downderry.

A leisurely start to Sunday for the adults, and activities for the children


Rev Michael's Message

Gosh, is it November already? The year is rushing on, shops are gearing up for Christmas and people are making personal arrangements for their own celebrations and family visits. As yet I have not seen any houses decorated but by the end of the month some no doubt will be.                             

The danger is that we all want to rush on to Christmas Day and not enjoy the periods before, in which during November we include two important Christian festivals. All Saints and All Souls. The first - All Saints - causes us to reflect on the great heroes of the Christian church. To give thanks for their witness and to learn from the revelations of God revealed to us  through their lives. The second  - All Souls - is a gentler and more reflective day when we call to mind those we still love but no longer see. For some the year will have been very difficult dealing with terminal illness; for others it is the shock of sudden unexpected loss which has coloured the year. These two festivals fall together on the 1st and 2nd of November.  (In our parish we shall celebrate All Saints at Tideford  on Sunday 30th November at 11am, and All Souls at Hessenford at 9.30am on Tuesday 1st November.)  This timing reflects the darkening of days and, for some,  mood. We may light a candle and remember bringing comfort but the loss still remains.  Life brings with it death; it is part of our creation, something that happens to all living things. Yet Christians believe in a life after death, a resurrection into the presence of God. Sadly here on earth we can only remember them and at times feel their presence:  there still is a separation. They have gone before and now inhabit the New Jerusalem where, as it reads in Revelation, all is made well and every tear has been wiped away. In the presence of God they have found their peace and so may we here in this life on earth. For Jesus came to tell us we are loved. He invites us to rest in him to feel God’s love and,  through the Holy Spirit, not only be in communion with the Saints but also all those who have gone before. For it is in God that our love lives on and our memories are never lost. 

May we all have a blessed November remembering love and carrying that forward through the rest of the year.


Truro Cathedral Boys' Choir will be performing on Friday 4th November from 7.30-8.30pm.  See Newsletter for more info.

St Germans Annual Christmas Market 17th, 18th and 19th November. Please see Newsletter for more information.


                              Hessenford Christmas Bazaar 

Saturday 3rd December   2-4pm in the Parish Hall, Hessenford   - teas, handicrafts, books, cakes and home produce and more.......                                                                                             

St Germans Priory Trust

If you would like to volunteer to help the Project in any way please visit our website at www.stgermanspriory.info  and let us know your contact details. 

Board of Priory Trustees  
Chair- Richard Laugharne
Vice Chair - Fiona Bristow
Secretary - Evelyn Reed
Support Officer - Jo Rimron
  Malcolm Cross, Chris Bowditch,

Chris Cook,  and Bob Foulkes.



 THE FOOD BANK  - no change to the message - our help is needed. There are collecting boxes in all our four churches - please keep the contributions coming in...........
You will have read in the press that the need is greater than ever - so please keep the contributions coming in.  

How can you help the Foodbank?   As usual there always some shortages, currently: Fruit Juice (long life), UHT or Dried Milk, Sponge Puddings, Tea, Instant Coffee.

However, money is becoming an increasing issue, and it is becoming a common problem throughout all of Cornwall’s Foodbanks.   All are having to react to an increase in demand; and although food is being donated in increasing volumes covering the demand, the costs related to sustaining larger Foodbanks is becoming a challenge. So, the real requirement now is cash.

If you could help through regular donations we would be extremely grateful. Setting up a Standing Order is ideal, but any donation would be wonderful. We can also take donations CAF and Stewardship schemes.

If you can help please contact the Liskeard & Looe Foodbank.

Tel: 07512 011452. email: liskeard.foodbank@gmail.com

Thank you for your support.

East Wivelshire

The area of the Diocese of Truro area is that of the county of Cornwall including the Isles of Scilly. It was formed on 15 December 1876 from the Archdeaconry of Cornwall in the Diocese of Exeter. It is therefore one of the younger dioceses.
The diocese is divided into two archdeaconries:

Rural deaneries
The names of the older deaneries (before 1875) are based on those of the ancient hundreds though the boundaries do not always correspond. The deaneries created in 1875 in the episcopate of Frederick Temple were Bodmin, Stratton, St Austell, and Carnmarth. These remained unchanged until Carnmarth was divided; later still in the 1980s some alterations of boundaries occurred. Chronological Sequence:
Estwevelsire, 1259; Estwyvelschyre, 1291; Estwevelschire, 1366; Easte, 1672; East, 1847, 1980; East Wivelshire, 1997, 2009.
East Wyvelsire
Parishes Currently in the Deanery of East Wivelshire